The opening fixtures in the East Section of The Cities and Counties Championship on Saturday sees West Lothian launch their defence of the Hamilton Trophy with a tough away match against Edinburgh & Leith at Currie.
Rink 6. Darren Pearce, Barry Sword, Mark Allison, and Raymond Logan (Cpt). Reserves: Andy Walker, Jim Speirs, Scott McMaster.
Last seasons clash with E&L at Deans went right down to the wire before WL prevailed and another battle royal is expected with an even more dangerous looking City team now having the benefit of home environment advantage.
The West Lothian Under 25’s launch their Scottish League Cup campaign on Sunday against Stirlingshire at Pumpherston and debut team manager Andy Semple has announced the following team. Rink 1. Gordon Snedden, Tayler Nicol, Cameron Fraser, and Jamie Deegan. Rink 2. Stuart Ford, Erin Fraser, Ryan Duffy, and Jamie Edwards. Rink 3. Chloe Hutchinson, Aiden Davies, Nathan McKendrick, and Jack Murphy.Rink 4. Liam Thomson, Ryan McCormick, Kyle Brodley, and Jordan Pearce.Rink 5. Lauren Mitchell, Jodie Nicol, Jordan Walker, and Darren Pearce.Rink 6. Nathan Davies, Ryan Mitchell, Cameron Robertson, and Robbie Cuthill (Cpt).Reserves: Finlay Nicol, Ryan Laurie, Abbie Cairns.
The £400 winners prize in Ratho’s annual 2Bowl Open Pairs event sponsored by Belhaven Brewery was captured by local hero Frankie Dowling in partnership with Hamilton Trophy star Calum Logan of Kirkliston.Dowling – a former two in a row County Singles champion – was etching his name on the tournaments silverware for a second time (2007) while it was first for Logan.
The final produced a classical spectacular that thrilled the watching banking with the father and son partnership of Jimmy and James Speirs racing into a 6-1 lead that was hard earned however a 1, 1, 4 fight- back saw Dowling and Logan cross 7-6 going into the final end. Dowling stole the show with an opening front-toucher then he skilfully doubled it up with his second delivery– and both survived onto the card to clinch a 9-6 victory.
The semi final action saw Dowling/Logan score a 9-5 win over Barry Sword and Raymond Logan while Speirs and Speirs survived an extra-end nailbiter at the expense of Bryan Cooper and Neil Speirs.